Public Provides Input on Lake Windermere Official Community Plan

Lake Windermere (Supplied by District of Invermere)

The Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP) is moving forward following an Open House on Sunday that attracted dozens of area residents and began the public comment period.

The draft OCP was presented on Sunday, June 9th to more than 60 residents that attended, and learned more about the OCP and the proposals from the RDEK.

“The main purpose of the Open House was to introduce the draft OCP, provide copies of the plan and associated maps, and be available to provide clarification, answer questions and receive feedback,” said Susan Clovechok, RDEK Area F Director. “Community involvement is key in this process, so I was pleased to see so many people in attendance.”

Kris Belanger, lead RDEK planner on the Lake Windermere OCP gave an overview of the plan to the public, with all information shared at the Open House available online for residents.

“It is important to us to make sure all of the information from the Open House is also available online so that those who were not able to attend have the same opportunity to access the information and provide feedback,” said Belanger. “The project page has a copy of the draft plan, all the map schedules, and a comment form.”

RDEK Project Page: Lake Windermere OCP

Although the RDEK is collecting comments from the public, they are also continuing consultation with the local Akisqnuk and Shuswap First Nations.

“We are here and really encourage those conversations prior to the close of the comment period,” added Belanger.

Area residents can submit their feedback on the draft OCP until July 10, 2019. Once the comment period comes to a close, the RDEK will collect the feedback and make necessary amendments to the draft OCP before submitting it for multiple readings and eventual approval by the RDEK.

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